Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers that are perfect for a cookout! These are spicy and smoky with chipotle chili and cumin, and they have the goodness of brown rice, oats and walnuts cooked into them. Best of all, they hold together beautifully on the grill. Soy-free and gluten-free.
This Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burger is mouthwateringly yummy, packed with secretly healthy stuff, and hefty enough for the grill. In other words, it’s the perfect burger for a cookout — and it’s good for you.
I have many vegan veggie burger recipes on the blog, and this one has been around for a while. I’ve made some tweaks to the recipe since I last shared it in 2010, by adding cumin and chipotle chili, which makes it not just smoky and spicy but totally tasty.
The black beans are not the only health stars in this Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers recipe. There are oats here, and brown rice, and carrots, and walnuts. And you don’t really need much fat at all to cook them — in fact, coating your pan with a quick spray of oil is more than enough. Or you could just roast them without oil in a nonstick pan and make them free of all added fats.
11 ingredients for Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers:
- Black beans. Cook your own, if you’d rather, but I just opened a couple of cans.
- Cooked brown rice
- Rolled oats
- Walnuts. They add amazing crunch and texture
- Chipotle chili in adobo sauce. For flavor and smokiness.
- Cumin. More smokiness.
- Garlic powder
- Oil for cooking (if you’re watching the weighing scales, or just want to eat less added oil, you can leave this out and roast your burgers on a nonstick skillet)
- Optional: Sesame seeds (for more crunch and healthfulness)
How to make and cook Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers (that don’t fall apart):
- This recipe is quite foolproof, and everything comes together in the food processor. But be sure you add them in the order I list. If your food processor bowl can’t hold all of the ingredients, process some of the ingredients first, then the rest, and mix everything together in a bowl.
- You will start out by processing the nuts and the oats in the food processor.
- Add the cumin, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, cilantro, cumin, carrots and garlic to the food processor, season with salt, give it a whir to mix.
- Finally add the beans and the rice. Process until you have a mixture that holds together when you press it into a ball in your fist.
- I like to make hefty burger patties with these, about three inches in diameter, and the recipe makes 10 of those. You could make smaller or bigger patties according to your preference.
- To shape your patties, pat them into discs using your palms and fingers, and make sure you smooth the edges with your fingers as you go along.
- Coat the bottom of a nonstick pan or cast iron skillet with oil and cook the burger patty on each side until brown spots appear.
- You can make these burgers ahead and freeze them for later. Separate the burger patties with wax paper or parchment paper and store in an airtight freezer container or a bag with a zip top. You can throw them frozen on the grill.
This time, I assembled my burgers with vegan mayo mixed with a spicy chili garlic sauce before layering on spinach or spring greens, tomatoes and avocado slices. Slices of onion or a tomato salsa would be delicious too. You can also serve these burgers topped with cole slaw or sauerkraut or pickles.
If you make this Black Bean Burger, be sure to let me know in the comments below, or take a photo and post on Instagram. Tag me @HolyCowVegan.
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Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers recipe:
Spicy Vegan Black Bean Burgers
- Food processor
- Large bowl
- 30 oz canned black beans
- 1 cup rolled or instant oats
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup carrots (grated)
- 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce with 1 tsp of the sauce (use more or less depending on your tolerance for heat)
- 1/4 cup cilantro (minced)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil (for cooking burgers, or use cooking spray)
- Put the walnuts and oats in the processor and pulse until the nuts are broken down into small pieces but not powdery.
- Add the carrots, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, sesame seeds if using, and salt. Pulse to mix, then add the drained black beans, rice and ketchup. Process until the beans are broken into small bits and the mixture holds together when you form a ball with your fingers or fist.
- Form three-inch discs with the mixture. Cover a cast iron or nonstick skillet with oil and cook the burgers until brown and black spots appear on each side.
- Assemble the burgers with vegan mayo mixed with a spicy sauce like chili garlic sauce or sriracha, greens like spinach or lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avocados.